September 12, 2019
With Lake Michigan near record-high water levels, the Lightfoot administration devised a citywide response plan to reduce anticipated damage at the lakefront. The Chicago Department of Transportation will work with other agencies to install jersey barriers at eight locations on the South and North Sides that are vulnerable to flooding from upcoming storms.
“We know that this threat isn’t new to our city, in fact, high lake levels have been an ongoing issue that historically have caused serious damage to our lakefront infrastructure and beaches, while also posing a continuous threat to pedestrian and traffic safety,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
The barriers will be installed along Lake Shore Drive from Oak Street to North Avenue, and at Fullerton Avenue. Other North Side locations include Juneway Beach, Rogers Beach, Howard Beach and Granville Street. On the South Side, barriers will be installed from 49th to 50th Street and at 75th Street.
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